Trains to Brighton

Brighton railway station is the southern terminus of the Brighton Main Line in England and the principal station serving the city of Brighton and Hove, East Sussex. It is 50 miles 49 chains (81.45 km) from London Victoria.

Train from Brighton serve London Victoria, London Bridge, St Pancras International and also along the coast to Worthing, Chichester and Southampton Central and Lewes, Eastbourne, Hastings and Ashford International.

It is only a short walk to the beach front and town centre (approx. 10mins to town centre, 15mins to beach) and with the world famous Brighton Palace Pier and the stunning British Airways i360 both open all year round, there is always something to do.


The station was built by the London & Brighton Railway in 1840, initially connecting Brighton to Shoreham-by-Sea, westwards along the coast, and shortly afterwards connecting it to London Bridge and the county town of Lewes to the east. In 1846, the railway became the London Brighton and South Coast Railway following mergers with other railways with lines between Portsmouth and Hastings.

Archaeological evidence of settlement in the area dates back to the Bronze Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods. The ancient settlement of "Brighthelmstone" was documented in the Domesday Book (1086). The town's importance grew in the Middle Ages as the Old Town developed, but it languished in the early modern period, affected by foreign attacks, storms, a suffering economy and a declining population. Brighton began to attract more visitors following improved road transport to London and becoming a boarding point for boats travelling to France. The town also developed in popularity as a health resort for sea bathing as a purported cure for illnesses.

In the Georgian era, Brighton developed as a fashionable seaside resort, encouraged by the patronage of the Prince Regent, later King George IV, who spent much time in the town and constructed the Royal Pavilion in the Regency era. Brighton continued to grow as a major centre of tourism following the arrival of the railways in 1841, becoming a popular destination for day-trippers from London. Many of the major attractions were built in the Victorian era, including the Grand Hotel, the West Pier, and the Brighton Palace Pier. The town continued to grow into the 20th century, expanding to incorporate more areas into the town's boundaries before joining the town of Hove to form the unitary authority of Brighton and Hove in 1997, which was granted city status in 2000.

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Last updated:   25 October 2018